The jazz pianist and composer Misha Mengelberg died on March 3, aged 81.
A great nephew of the Concertgebouw conductor Willem Mengelberg, Misha was born in Ukraine, where his father was a conductor. The family returned to Holland in the late 1930s. After music studies in The Hague, in 1967 he founded the Instant Composers Pool to promote avant-garde jazz elements. Two years later he co-founded STEIM to support electronic composers.
On record and on tour, he enjoyed international acclaim.